Lessons outdoors, under a tree! With the sun shining and birds singing. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Well, it isn’t. Let me explain why and how you might be able to help.

 

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Four children sharing one book

 

It’s hard to believe, but there is above 80% unemployment in Zimbabwe. Imagine your child not going to school because you cannot afford it. Or going to school barefooted because you are not able to buy him shoes. Or not being able to write because he doesn’t have a pen, which costs less than 1zł. That’s the kind of problems children in the picture above face every day. Wondering why I am telling you all this?

Well, the parents and pupils of the Poznan British International School (a small school with less than 90 pupils) have donated school materials to underprivileged children in Africa for the second year in a row.

 

In 2015 they raised $45 for transport and donated 15 kg of stationery to a school in Mali.

In 2016 they raised $35 for transport and donated 12 kg of stationery to a school in Zimbabwe.

Congratulations and a big thank you to them. Read on to find out how you can help.

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Learning time

 

Many things that we take for granted are serious problems in other countries. For example, when was the last time you could not afford one meal per day? Or the last time you didn’t have enough money to buy a pen, rubber or pencil for your child? Or the last time you met a child who couldn’t go to school because their parents could not afford it?

These are problems the children in the photos face every day. With as many as 60 children per class, imagine how little attention a child gets in a lesson. That’s less than one minute per child in a lesson. And often with no books, pens, pencils, crayons or other things we associate with school.

 

Every child deserves a chance to grow and use their full potential in life. You can help by donating pens, pencils, rubbers, etc. and a little money. Make a difference in someone’s life today. The only limit is that the things you donate should not be heavy. Money  donated will cover transport costs.

 

Zimbabwe is just one example of a country where children face difficulties in getting a decent education. There are millions of children and schools across the world in a similar situation. That’s why our aim is to expand our campaign to other schools and to invite everyone who is interested in making a difference in other people’s lives to join us. We intend to make this an annual event across the world. If you are interested in giving a hand leave your contact details below. We will get back to you as soon as possible.


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Donations box

 

I hope to hear from you.

 

Thank you,

Churchill Madyavanhu (MSc Engineering and Marketing)

(Founder of Future Leaders Read and Write, which aims to help children and adults worldwide to develop reading and writing habits)

 

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